Simple Bow DIY

For a recent project at work I had to make some bows. It was a great chance to use up old pieces of fabric I had aquired.

Initially, I imagined I would have to get my friend’s sewing machine out and fiddle around trying to make it that way, but after a quick Pinterest search I found a great ‘how to’ tutorial which only requires a needle and thread. Perfect!

I was utterly amazed how simple it was and soon had a variety of colours, sizes and designs made up. I soon sold a few but have kept a blue gingham design to use. I wore it in my hair yesterday and got loads of compliments. I love that craft feeling when you say ‘oh yeah, I made it.’ Like it’s no big deal, and on this occasion it wasn’t!

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Vintage Gem

It was just yesterday I noticed in a magazine my boyfriend had bought, for his dad (home and antiques), these gorgeous vintage flower postcards. I automatically fell in love we them and contemplated purchasing the magazine to frame them, to put in our conservatory. But low and behold on an errand this morning I popped into the local antique shop and could not believe my eyes when I saw this…



I plan to paint the frame a neutral colour so it fits in with the colour palette of the room and even better is that I managed to get £5 of the asking price thanks to my bargaining skills. 🙂


Meet Ruby

One of my all time, top items on my bucket list has been to go on holiday and rent a VW camper van. I just love the vintage feel and look of them, I would be driving down the road and shout out in excitement if I saw one, much to the annoyance of the driver/passengers!

Recently, my dream came true and like they say ‘never meet your idol’ as it was an utter disaster.

We picked up Ruby one early morning and were given a chance to test drive it around the car park. It didn’t take long for my bubble to soon be burst, we found it difficult to find the gears and the braking distance was huge. We tried to stay optimistic and finally got on our way. We had a huge distance to cover and you could slowly feel the stress levels increase the more junctions and traffic lights we had to pull off from.

After a not too difficult motorway stretch I decided to give it a go. At the beginning it was going great, but soon I met the hills! Getting the bite right and mixing the huge gear stick and handbrake resulted in a mild break down!

Sure enough the following day after a beautiful sleep on a quiet campsite, with a good night sleep we were raring to go. But…it broke down! So taking advantage of this silver lining of the trip, we rented a car, covered a huge distance and felt safe and relaxed. A blessing in disguise!

At least now I can tick it off the list and know it won’t be happening again!’



Hidden Treasures 2

I don’t know what it is about me, I just seem to attract treasures! Last week I was stood outside a restaurant on my phone and I casually looked at the floor, only to find a few pieces of beautiful broken pottery.

It wasn’t two months ago when this exact same thing happened so obviously, being the mosaic fan I am, I quickly pocketed the cute pieces. They are now tucked away in my craft draw ready for when I will need them.



My lovely boyfriend had his 30th Birthday recently, and after a not too successful present given last year I thought, for this special occasion, I would make a bit more effort! I decided to plan a surprise trip away; I contacted his boss to ask for permission to take time off, spoke to his family as I knew they had been their before and after lots of research I finally booked the tickets.

As his birthday was approaching I started thinking about what he would open on the day, so I decided to make a scrapbook informing him of the plans which I later would like to get some of the photos developed to fill it up.

The imagine I have of scrapbooks are of beautifully decorated, highly visually stimulating, creative displays of tactile treasures. After collecting a variety of pictures and cuttings, I got to work. My attempt definitely doesn’t fit into the above description! Unfortunately, to get the desired effect I believe it requires a lot of time and specific resources which I wasn’t prepared to make or find, as however much I love my boyfriend, he’s a boy, and I’m sure he wouldn’t appreciate that level of scrapbooking!

Now that we have returned I will enjoy continuing the book to completion, with all the leaflets I pocketed along the way!

I love the idea of putting in a map of where you vacationed!     travel scrapbook collage art

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